Usually, I never follow cases pertaining to homicide or personal violence, or even cases related to racial profiling. But in this past year, the spate of incidents that I have fleetingly read about, within such a short time-frame, is now rankling.

Here are the names of victims:

  • Allam Kiran Kumar (M) pursuing a doctorate in Chemistry – Louisiana State University Campus on December 13 ’07
  • Komma Chandrasekhar Reddy (M) pursuing a doctorate in Biology – Louisiana State University Campus on December 13 ’07
  • Akkaldelvi Srinivas (M) pursuing a Master’s in Internal Medicine – Mercy Hospital near Scranton, Pennsylvania, on March 1 ’08
  • V. S. Jyotirmayee (F) – Birmingham, U.K. on May 06 ’08
  • Tummala Soumya Reddy (F) – pursuing a Master’s in Electrical Engineering – near Southern Illinois University on September 14, 08
  • Vikram Reddy (M) – near Southern Illinois University on September 14, 08
  • Arpana Jinaga (F) – software professional – in Seattle on November 01, 08
  • Pulluri Sashanka (M) – MBA student – University of Middle Tennessee on November 16, 08 – shot at, but now out of danger

It seems odd that they were all from Andhra Pradesh (ranking high as India’s version of Silicon Valley), and mainly sharp-minded students or professionals.

A group in New York has urged the FBI to look deep into these cases to search for a common motive.

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